Brief Clinical Studies: PDF OnlyGustatory Dysfunction as an Early Symptom in COVID-19 ScreeningHarikrishnan, Pandurangan FDSRCS (Eng), PhDAuthor Information Craniofacial Orthodontics and Oral Surgery, Teeth “N” Jaws Center, Chennai, India. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Pandurangan Harikrishnan, FDSRCS (Eng), PhD, Teeth “N” Jaws Center, 23 & 25, Lake Area, First Cross Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, Tamilnadu, India; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Received 19 May, 2020 Accepted 27 May, 2020 The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 07, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006797 Free PAP Metrics Abstract The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from Wuhan, China in December 2019 leads to the present coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The various symptoms identified for COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, sore throat, dyspnea, fatigue, myalgia, and headache. Olfactory and gustatory dysfunctions are emerging as a new symptom more in the European patients. Taste disturbances are common in various oral and systemic diseases. Varying severity and onset of taste disturbances are reported in COVID-19 positive patients in this pandemic. But a sudden onset of taste disturbances without an established and recognized cause should raise suspicion of COVID-19. This article will analyze the various studies focusing on taste disturbances as a reliable early symptom for COVID-19 screening. © 2020 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.